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Pogrund's Sobukwe collection digitised 

The collection which Benjamin Pogrund donated to Historical Papers, relates to a great extent to Robert Sobukwe's detention on Robben Island. After having served a 3 year jail sentence at The Fort in Johannesburg and the Central Pretoria Prison, he was transferred to Robben Island in 1963, where he was kept isolated from the other prisoners. Only in 1969, having become ill, he was released and placed under house arrest in Galeshewe, a black township near Kimberley. In 1977 he was diagnosed with cancer and died on 27 February 1978. 

The Sobukwe collection contains correspondence between Sobukwe and Benjamin Pogrund, mainly during Sobukwe's detention on Robben Island. Research material for Pogrund's book, "Sobukwe and Apartheid", including notes on interviews with various people who knew Sobukwe, and background historical material on the PAC and the overall black consciousness movement in South Africa. Also included are press cuttings on Sobukwe, the PAC and Robben Island, as well as 69 photographs, of which many have been taken by Benjamin and Anne Pogrund, and by Peter Magubane.

View inventory online (Collection no. A2618)